When you’ve had enough of the crowd and clamor of the Big Apple, hop in the car and cruise north to St. Lawrence County. Downstream from Lake Ontario, you’ll find good fun, good people, and a slower pace. Ogdensburg is the hub of the region where you’ll find most of the action.
What’s going on in St. Lawrence County for spring and summer?
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North Country Wine, Beer & Food Festival
Did you know New York has 1631 family vineyards and over 400 wineries? Also, from the 1840s to the 1880s, New York was the biggest producer of hops in the nation. Taste the best offering from New York State’s vintners, brewers, farmers, and chefs this May 20-21 at the Lockwood Civic Center in Ogdensburg. Sample flavored oils, hand-crafted chocolates, local cheeses, regional maple products, and artisan baked goods, including real-deal New York cheesecake. The first 1,000 people get a commemorative wine glass.
City-Wide Garage Sales
Do you love to shop the yard sales? Help Ogdensburg up-cycle its extra stuff at its annual garage sale week, May 28 and 29. Bring the truck or the cruiser with the big trunk because there are always unique finds, including antique furniture, rare recordings, toys of all kinds, and vintage clothing. Maps to participating homes will be sold at the Dobisky Center for $3.
What’s a road trip without a car show? For the 60th year in a row, Ogdensburg will be hosting classic cars at the Dobisky Visitors’ Center. Saturday, June 11, see a classic car parade, live music, games for kids, and of course, barbecue. Past shows have included trick motorcycles and antique snowmobiles. Over twenty trophies will be awarded, including Best of Show, Ladies’ Choice, and Best Flames. Contact the Chamber of Commerce to enter your car.
Bass Tournament and Sportsman’s Show
The St. Lawrence river area is home to bass, walleye, pike, perch, deer, ducks, turkeys, and geese. Two of St. Lawrence County’s favorite events are combining this year, July 16 and 17, at the Dobisky Center. Celebrate the North Country’s outdoors with taxidermy, fishing, hunting, trapping, boats, ATVs, and more. Anglers will leave the marina at 3 a.m. and return for weigh-in at 3 p.m. Who’ll net the biggest largemouth and smallmouth this year?
Founder’s Day Weekend
Also July 16 and 17, celebrate the birth of Ogdensburg at the intersection of Route 68 and Commerce Street. In 1760, the city was the site of the Battle of the Thousand Islands, where both the French and British allied with Native warriors. The French and Indian War will come to life right before your eyes. Battles will be reenacted both on land and on the river. See demonstrations of 18th-century crafts, hear Native American music, and learn about the times from historians. Even the kids will have fun with games and a scavenger hunt. Gates open at 10 a.m.
St. Lawrence County is a pleasant getaway from the hustle and noise of the big northeastern cities. Take a drive up to enjoy the outdoors, people, food, and history.